Surround the Building II: A Success
On an extra snowy day in the heart of Kingston, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) members donned their boots, tuques, and mittens to brave winter and send a strong message to their employer. The message: We want a fair contract and we want it now!
Starting at 12:45PM at 1055 Princess Street and 49 Place d’Armes in Kingston, OPSEU members met outside and began building a human chain around their respective buildings. The simple ring of workers around the buildings demonstrating the strength, solidarity, and resolve of OPSEU members in obtaining a fair contract.
Turnout was great at both work sites and spirits were high. Although both sites were unable to encircle their buildings completely, the message was still loud and clear. Plus, their message got out to a larger audience because it was heard by local media. In attendance at 1055 Princess Street were reporters from CKWS TV and The Kingston Whig-Standard.
Many thanks to the members, solidarity guests, retirees, and AMAPCEO members who came out to show their support and solidarity. It is greatly appreciated. All those who were unable to attend due to work duties or non-negotiable appointments, thank you for wearing blue to show your solidarity with your coworkers. Remember every Wednesday is Wear Blue to show your solidarity with our bargaining teams. Also thanks to FM96 for the shout out this morning.
Photographs courtesy of Luisa, Laurie, Debra, Sharon, Ben, Frank, and Jim.